Journeys Fall/Winter 2016 - Page 10

ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS Community Resource Connections Community Resource Connections (CRC) provides information and assistance to simplify access to services and support for Cabarrus County residents. If an agency isn’t able to meet a need, referrals are made to collaborating agencies. Includes information on long-term services and support options, benefits education and counseling, employment counseling, crisis intervention, facilitation of programmatic and financial eligibility determination, and access to public and private-pay programs and services. For more information, call 704-920-1400. Housing & Home Improvement Plan Assists older homeowners in maintaining independence and adequate shelter. The client must be a homeowner, age 60 and older. The cost to the client is based on a sliding scale. Service will not be refused based on inability to pay. Typical services include building wheelchair ramps, step rails and grab bars; replacing windows and doors; repairing/replacing floors; installing carbon monoxide and smoke detectors; and other safety-related items. For more information, call 704-920-2141. Weatherization Program Provides assistance to low-income, elderly and disabled persons, in order to reduce energy costs through efficiencies. Typical services include caulking, weather stripping, repair of windows and doors, insulation of all types, replacement of water heaters, installation of vents, installation of vapor barriers, building of attic and crawl space doors. For more information, call 704-920-2141. 8 JOURNEYS Fall/Winter 2016 Caregiver Support Program Receive information and assistance accessing services and programs, as well as education and training to enhance your caregiving skills. Information provided through live events and newsletters. For more information, call 704-920-1400. Legal Assistance A Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. attorney is available by appointment to meet with adults, ages 60 and older, for assistance in non-criminal matters, including employment law, civil law, public assistance, housing, consumer protection and more. Legal Aid offers the service at no charge, though contributions are accepted. Call 877-579-7562 to request an appointment. Tax Relief Homestead Exclusion for Elderly or Disabled Persons (NCGS 105-277.01). Application period is January 1 – June 1. Qualifying owners benefit by having the greater of $25,000 or 50% of the value of their permanent residence excluded from taxation. To qualify, the property owner must meet the following requirements on January 1 of the year he/she applies: • Is at least 65 years of age or 100% totally and permanently disabled. • Has an income for the prior year of not more than the statutory limit. For 2017 applications based on 2016 income, that limit is $29,500. • Is a Cabarrus County resident. • Home that application is made for must be applicant’s permanent residence. Contact Cabarrus County Land Records at 704-9202127 for additional income guidelines, other program questions or to schedule an appointment.